Anyone have any tips on cutting hardwood? So I bought a 1/8 chord of mixed hardwood (Cherry, Apple, and some oak) from a arborist here in NorCal, thinking I can save some money by chuncking it myself. I went and bought a 10" Hitachi Miter Saw ($99) from Lowes to chunk the wood up. I've already shattered the fence (cast aluminum guard) on the damn thing as the wood would occasionally get stuck in the blade while cutting and spin at whatever RPMS and force. I asked my uncle who's hobby is wood working about what I did wrong, and he told me that I need to dry the wood out first and use a thiner blade. and get a better saw like dewalt. I've had to tear off the bark from the wood as well before cutting through it. It's tedious, but I read somewhere that the bark has creasote which is bad for cooking. Am I wrong? Did i mention there might be termites in the wood? My uncle said to throw the stuff away, but I plan on smoking the whole lot on Memorial Day. I'm a newb at this so any advice helps.